In post–World War II America, boys dreamed of adventure, listened to Elvis Presley, and read Jack Kerouac—but as they grew up, it wasn’t cruising Route 66 in a Corvette that united them, but Highway 1, known as the “Street Without Joy,” just outside Hue city in Vietnam. The US was immersed in the Age of Aquarius, the civil rights movement, the pill, and young girls in long boots and short skirts—but life was completely different for those in the jungle and rice paddies of Southeast Asia during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Full of innocence and dreams, adolescent passion and coming of age horror, River of Perfumes captures the contradictions of the times. It examines what the brutality of war does to young men in battle, and what happens to a country that abandons them.

Ebooks by Michael Stokey

ABOUT Michael Stokey


    As a noncommissioned officer in the US Marines, Mike Stokey volunteered for three consecutive tours in Vietnam, during which he was involved in some of that conflict’s most brutal fighting, including the Tet Offensive at Hue and the siege at Khe Sanh. He is highly decorated as a result of line combat, and was wounded in action. During these tours of duty he forged a close and lasting relationship with Dale Dye (Capt, USMC, Ret.) and volunteered to help Dye in the formation and functioning of Warriors, Inc. Over the years with Warriors, Stokey has served in virtually every advisory capacity and has been the principal advisor and/or assistant for the company in all military entertainment endeavors, including major motion pictures and video games.

    In civilian pursuits, he has worked as an associate producer for Stump the Stars (otherwise known as Pantomime Quiz). He has also written more than sixty half-hour animated television shows for children, including He-Man and Gulliver’s Travels.

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